Suppressed throughout her short life by her famous brother, forgotten for the next century, Fanny Mendelssohn never got a real crack at posterity.
To address the injustice, a kind lady from Hamburg, Heide Schwarzweller, organised a competition in Fanny’s name with a 10,000 Euro prize and a recording on Genuin Classics.
This year’s prize was won by a violinist, Matthias Weil.
The jury was made up entirely of men – Jürgen Kesting, Jürgen Ernst, Dieter Rexroth, Niklas Schmidt, Markus Fein, Ralf Ruhnau and Holger Busse.
Nobody has learned anything from Fanny’s life story.